Archive | December, 2007

Women in Da’wah

29 Dec

From the very beginning, women have played vital roles in the propagation of the fundamental truths of Islamic da’wah.  From the sacrifices of Sumayyah (ra) to the collected ahaadeeth of ‘Aa-ishah (ra), women have been instrumental in the flourishing and spreading of the Deen.  Allaah (swt) also raises the status of the daa’ies and commends them highly in the Qur’aan as He (swt) states: “Who is better in speech than the one who calls to Allaah?”

 

Da’wah to Allaah (swt) is a duty on every Muslim in every age, and in our time this da’wah is particularly important in light of the vicious attacks the enemies of Allaah (swt) are waging to remove the importance of da’wah from the hearts of Muslims.Allaah (swt) does not restrict the da’wah to men alone but refers to the entire Ummah of Muhammad (saw) when He says, “Invite to the way of your Lord (i.e. Islaam) with Hikmah (divine evidences), and argue with them in a way that is better.” (EMQ 16: 125)

 

Therefore, the women, just like the men should call to Allaah (swt) and command the good and forbid the evil in ways and etiquettes prescribed by the Sharee’ah.

 

In the time of the Messenger Muhammad (saw), women took their role as daa’iyahs seriously.  It is narrated by Abu Sa’eed (ra) that the women used to approach the Prophet (saw) and say, “The men are keeping you busy and we do not get enough attention from you, would you specify a day for us?”  He (saw) promised them a day to meet with them and educate them (al-Bukhaari).  Furthermore, the Messenger (saw), when addressing the people used to say, “Let the one who is present convey what he has heard to the one who is absent” (al-Bukhaari).  This indicates that as well as teaching the women he ordered them to spread what they had heard.

 

We need to look at the wider circle and realise that history bares testimony to the fact that women played a great role in conveying the Deen of Islaam.  Sumayyah (ra) gave up her life when Abu Jahl killed her for embracing Islaam.  She was the first Muslim, and woman martyred for the sake of her Deen.  Khadeejah (ra), the first wife of Muhammad (saw), who was very rich, spent all of her money to support the Da’wah.  Ummu Salamah (ra) left her husband and saw her children persecuted when she migrated.  Umm Imarah (ra) fought in defence of the Prophet (saw) in the Battle of Uhud.

 

One must understand the emphasis of this obligation and act as a messenger for the Messenger (saw) in order to convey Islaam and not remain silent and passive, as Allaah (swt) says, “Verily, those who conceal the clear proofs, evidences and the guidance which we have sent down after We have made it clear for the people in the book, they are ones cursed by Allaah…” (EMQ 2: 159)

The effects of Dawah

27 Dec

As a Muslim and daa’ie (caller to Islam), it is essential that you are mentally and physically prepared for the consequences of your activities.

 

People will have no problem with you performing your individual duties, such as praying, fasting or growing a beard, but if you call them to give up their desires and live by the laws of God – as the Prophet (SAW) did – you will undoubtedly meet a hostile reaction.

 

Before the Messenger Muhammad came out publicly with the message of Islam the unbelievers were not that concerned about him, and he was even nicknamed al-Ameen (the trustworthy). However, the moment he was entrusted with the obligation of calling people to leave their false practices, abandon their way of life, and only follow and submit to the laws of Allah, he was vilified, boycotted, criticized, condemned and ridiculed.

 

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) only called them to pronounce one Kalimah (word): “Laa ilaaha illallah, Muhammadur Rasoolullah”, so why did they react with such animosity and hatred towards Allah, His Prophet and the Believers (Sahaabah)? The disbelievers already believed in Allah (God), so why would declaring the Kalimah be so difficult for them?

 

The answer is simple. Laa ilaaha illallah did not – and does not – mean, “There is no god but Allah”. Laa ilaaha illallah meant that they would have to give up their customs, traditions, desires, habits, way of life, religion, ideology and beliefs, and only accept Islam as their identity and Allah as their Lawmaker. Hence, this was extremely difficult for them to accept and that is why they – like nations before – declared war against the Prophet of God and his Companions.

 

The Sahaabah were beaten, imprisoned, tortured, killed, attacked and belittled, and the Prophet (SAW) was slandered, accused of brainwashing the youth and labelled as a lunatic (majnoon), liar, poet and magician.

 

Dear Muslims, we must think and ask ourselves: If this happened to our leaders, what will happen to us?! How can we expect to live according to his (SAW) teachings and not anticipate the same reaction, hostility and consequences which he and his Companions faced? Did the Prophet (SAW) live and abide by their (man-made) laws, or did he call them to abide by God’s laws? Did Abu Lahab (the Tony Blair in the time of the Prophet) and his ministers praise him, allow him to speak about Islam and have his own centres and mosques, or did they order their police to arrest him (SAW) and stop his activities?

 

We must always bear in mind that Ahl ul-Haq (the people of truth, who are nowadays called “extremists”) will always be detested by the majority and that Islam will be seen as something strange. Furthermore, we should never expect the Kuffaar to love us and our Deen, and give us good publicity in the media. If the Kuffaar do praise us and are pleased with us, this means that we have either compromised our belief, or they are lying. If the unbelievers hated the Prophet (and even attempted to kill him) they will also hate those who seek to emulate him. They will only admire and praise the Munaafiqeen (hypocrites) and sell-outs (moderates).

 

Whenever Ahl ul-Haq (past and present) speak the whole world will listen to them; the Kuffaar, local community, their friends, foes and even those who disagree with them will visit their websites and be keen to hear what they have to say. This is because the daa’ie is like a live cell, full of electricity, new ideas and inspirational thoughts. He speaks like no other person and his views are unique and strange, and this is why he receives more attention and media coverage than the moderates – who simply regurgitate what the Kuffaar say.

 

The daa’ie will always comment on what he sees taking place around him and will never stay silent about the munkar (evil). He will apply the Text (Qur’aan and Sunnah) to reality and analyze current affairs based upon the Book of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).

 

When the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) used to invite the Mushrikeen to Islam he would address their current state of affairs. He would condemn their ill practices of gambling, killing children (abortion), nudity, adultery, homosexuality, cheating in the markets, racism and so forth, and subsequently introduce Islam as the only alternative and solution.

 

Dear Muslims, if you wish to be with the Prophet of Allah (SAW), his Companions (RA) and other previous Messengers in Paradise, you must endeavour to be like them and be prepared to suffer the way they suffered. The haq (truth) will always clash with the baatil (falsehood) and therefore they cannot coexist with each other. It is your duty to ensure that the haq excels the baatil.

The success of the Sahaba

21 Dec

Our reality is that we are currently living in a reality where the right of Allah is being violated and the Deen of Islaam is being mocked due to the lack of Islaam being implemented. So it is our responsibility to rectify this the way it was done during the period of the noble companions because they had implemented the Qur’an in preserving in the Deen and raising the word of Allah high.

 

Our ultimate aim is to attain the pleasure of Allah (swt) and the way we could achieved that is by emulating the Messenger Muhammad (saw) and His companions in all aspects of our lives just as the sahaba did and that is the roadmap to the path of success. The companions of the Messenger Muhammad did not achieve the station of success merely due to the presence of the Messenger Muhammad (saw) but also with the guidance of Allah (swt) and Insha’Allah elaborating on the following points that can be used as a set of guidelines in order to achieve success.

 

* The Sahaba were successful because they only looked to the Qur’an and sunnah to mould their lives. They were not people who referred to anything other than the guidance of Allah and the Messenger Muhammad.

 

They rejected sources that contradicted with the Qur’an and the Sunnah but when we look around many people refer to various sources that oppose the path of guidance.

 

When people refer to other sources to govern their lifestyle they are saying that the Qur’an and Sunnah is insufficient and they resort to un Islaamic ideas to fulfil their instincts. Many people have taken MP’s as their Lord and Democracy as their way of life believing that success lies in this path.

 

* Their purpose of learning was for a greater reason

 

The sahaba learnt the deen to find out what was prescribed for them, the commandment and the prohibitions. They did not learn to attain a status or to make money by memorising the verses of Allah as many people do.They learnt the deen to know what Allah has commanded and what he prohibited. However we see many people today

 

We too should study the Qur’an and the sunnah as a solution to all our problems.

 

* They entered Islaam without any hesitation with Jahiliyyah being prevalant

 

We see many people as they start to practice Islaam a large portion of Muslims have hesitations about many aspects of the deen but Allah orders us to accept everything that which he has obliged.

 

When Umar ibn al Khattab entered Islam he made sure that his lifestyle revolved around the teachings of Islaam when he mentioned in the presence of the Messenger Muhammad (saw) that there is nothing more beloved to him more than the Messenger Muhammad except for himself, in response to his statement the Messenger Muhammad (saw) said that he is not a true believer until he values the Messenger Muhammad more than his own self and at that instance he retracted his previous statement by proclaiming that he holds the Messenger Muhammad more precious than himself.

 

– When a person starts to practice Islaam he must first give up the Jahilliyyah in his belief, sayings and actions and then implement the beauty of Islaam in his beliefs, sayings and actions.

 

If we too wish be like the sahaba then must start climbing the ladder of success from start to finish by following their footsteps in all aspects of our lives regardless of the hardship it may entail.

 

– We must also challenge the jahiliyyah that is prevalent from its rootsIf we are to go out change and challenge all the corruption that is prevalent in society then we must rectify the deficiencies that we have in ourselves.

Seeking the Haqq (Truth)

18 Dec

There are special people in this Ummah that Allah (SWT) has promised to elevate above others; and they are the people of knowledge. Allah (SWT) says:

 

Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (58:11)

 

The people of knowledge (or Ahl ul-‘Ilm) have been granted this status due to the consequences they face in the dunyaa (i.e. hunger, loss of wealth, imprisonment, ridiculing etc.) and keenness to safeguard the Book of Allah and Sunnah of the Messenger Muhammad (SAW). Because of this, they are people who should be treated with utmost respect for as long as they adhere to the commands of Allah and teachings of His final Prophet (SAW).

 

Every Muslim should sincerely seek to be from Ahl ul-‘Ilm as Allah (SWT) has praised them and has taught His servants to say:

 

My Lord! Increase me in knowledge. (20:114)

 

The knowledge which we have been commanded to acquire should, in ideal circumstances, only be sought from Ahl ul-‘Ilm. However, with the final Hour drawing closer day-by-day, it is important for the seeker of haq not to limit his source of knowledge only to scholars.

 

The haq is not restricted to scholars; it can be carried by anyone, man or woman, child or adult, scholar or student. Therefore, it is incorrect for a person to say, for example: “I am not going to read an article or listen to a talk unless it is given by an ‘aalim.”

 

Such a statement can easily lead to stubbornness. Furthermore, it will prevent the ignorant from increasing their knowledge and receiving hidaayah (guidance) from Allah. Just because a person is a scholar it does not mean that he has absolute knowledge of everything; the scholar and the student are always learning. Also, it is highly probable for a student to be able to explain a certain point or even hukm better than a scholar.

 

We should distinguish the difference between ‘ilm and hidaayah. A person may have ‘ilm but he may be void of any hidaayah from Allah. Thus, knowledge is useless without hidaayah.

 

Who should we seek knowledge from?

 

Firstly, we should seek knowledge from ‘ulamaa (scholars) of haq. Allah (SWT) did not order us to ask doctors, engineers, plumbers or solicitors and so forth for hukm. Rather, He ordered us to ask Ahl udh-Dhikr, i.e. the ‘ulamaa.

 

However, we should bear in mind that a person cannot be an ‘aalim unless he does the duties of the Ambiyaa’ (Prophets). Hence, if a scholar is imprisoned we no longer refer to him as ‘aalim; we instead refer to him as “learned” or “knowledgeable” (as he is no longer doing the duties of the Ambiyaa’). Similarly, if the khaleefah (leader of the Islamic state) is imprisoned we do not continue to call him khaleefah; if a mujaahid returns from the battlefield we do not continue to call him mujaahid; and if a person returns from Hajj we no longer call him “Hajji”.

 

If there are no ‘ulamaa of haq available (for whatever reason), we should then refer to their students or close followers who have studied and had musaahabah (i.e. companionship) with them for a reasonable amount of time. Furthermore, we should measure a person’s trustworthiness based upon whether or not they act upon the commands of Allah. For example, one should not seek knowledge from people who are not working collectively in a jamaa’ah to establish Allah’s Deen, or from individuals who live between the Kuffaar and do not command the good and forbid the evil openly and publicly.

 

In general, it is safe to listen to and seek knowledge from those who: (1) are trustworthy (and fulfil all their duties), (2) refer to the Qur’aan and Sunnah by the understanding of the Sahaabah, and (3) have studied with a scholar of haq.

 

It is not a condition for a person to be a scholar before he can speak about Islam and give da’wah.

 

Don’t judge a book by its cover!

 

How to know who is a scholar of haq (truth) and who is a scholar of baatil (falsehood)

 

Allah (SWT) has made the haq (truth, i.e. Islam) so clear and distinct from the falsehood. Any person who is on true guidance from his Lord will never suffer from the problem of being confused or uncertain about the haq and ahl ul-haq (the people of truth). However, nowadays since we are living in a time of fitnah the enemy has succeeded in destroying us indirectly via the use of puppet rulers, evil scholars and so called Islamic television channels, websites and radio stations. The criminals, apostates and evil scholars are elevated and promoted as heroes of Islam and the best role models for Muslims to follow.

 

In this short publication we aim to highlight and discuss how we as Muslims can know the evil scholar from the scholar of haq, and who we can trust for our Deen (seek knowledge from). In our present day reality the majority of Muslims no longer refer back to the Qur’aan and Sunnah exclusively for their actions. Rather, whenever we dispute with them they always refer back to certain figures and ‘ulamaa (scholars) who they blindly follow, such as Sheikh Fawzaan, Ubaykaan and Yusuf al-Qardaawi etc.

 

Whenever we disagree with such “scholars”, or even follow the fataawaa (divine decrees) of the scholars of haq who have called these people apostates, we are always told, “Who are you compared to these great ‘ulamaa!?” Even despite the fact that these shuyookh (plural for sheikh, i.e. scholar) have contradicted with many issues and divine rules in Islam which should be known to every single Muslim.

 

However, as we have already mentioned before, Allah (SWT) has made this Deen of ours so clear for us to follow, and has left us with certain guidelines and criteria for ruling, judging and determining the truth. It is not difficult at all for any true Muwahhid (monotheist) to know who is on the haq and who is on baatil. This is because he is equipped with the usool (foundations) of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah and is uncompromising when it comes to the haq. However, the one who has a disease in his heart does not wish to sincerely worship and please his Lord exclusively. His only concern is to manipulate the divine texts in order to justify his own evil deeds and intentions. Therefore, the reason why he would choose to defend these scholars is because they give him grounds to justify his corruption, despite the fact that they explicitly contradict with what is known in Islam by necessity.

 

So how can we know who is a scholar of haq and who is a scholar of baatil?

 

The Messenger Muhammad (SAW) said in a famous hadeeth:

 

“The ‘ulamaa are inheritors of the Anbiyaa’ (Prophets).” (Abu Daawood and at-Tirmidhi)

 

This means that the ‘ulamaa have been given the responsibilities of the Prophets after they have passed away. The only differences between the two is that the Anbiyaa’ are infallible and received revelation from Allah; whereas the ‘ulamaa are not infallible (are capable of committing sins) and do not receive any revelation. Therefore, they have been given the exact same duties and responsibilities as the Prophets. These duties are many and can be summarised into at least seven main points.

 

1. They came with the message of tawheed and rejecting taaghout

 

Allah (SWT) says in his book, al-Qur’aan:

 

“And we sent to every nation a messenger (proclaiming): ‘Worship Allah and reject (keep away from) taaghout.'” (16: 36)

 

Indeed, how can a scholar be an ‘aalim unless he follows the footsteps of the Prophets? All Prophets and Messengers came with a unified message, and that was to order the people to reject taaghout and worship, obey and submit to none but Almighty Allah (SWT). There are numerous articles and books of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah which discuss the meaning of taaghout; therefore, we are not going to dive into its meaning in depth. However, as a reminder (and reminders benefit the believers) we know very well that at-taaghout in general, is anything which is worshipped, obeyed or followed other than Allah (SWT). Thus, Shaytaan, idols, desires, rulers who do not implement Islam and scholars who do not judge by the Sharee’ah etc. are all forms of taaghout.

 

Consequently, since they are all forms of taaghout; as a prerequisite of being a Muslim we are obliged to reject, hate, keep distance from, have animosity and make takfeer upon them. The greatest of tawaagheet (plural for taaghout) today are the rulers who do not implement Islam, the scholars who make legal what Allah (SWT) has forbidden, and the kufr law which is widespread in every country today. Therefore, it is impossible for any ‘aalim or ‘ulamaa of haq to defend these people or be close to them in any way. And any scholar who you see defending these people or allying with them is contradicting with, and opposing the path of the Anbiyaa’; therefore, testify that they are crooks and not ahl ul-haq.

 

Scholars such as Fawzaan, Ubaykan and Yusuf al-Qardaawi are very famously known for supporting the apostate rulers of today who have killed and imprisoned thousands of Muslims, and allying with the disbelievers (by giving fataawaa which justify their actions) against Muslims. Therefore, how can anyone say that these people are great scholars and none has the right to call them Kaafir (for negating their Eemaan), or at least differ with them? Rather than rejecting taaghout, which is what the Anbiyaa’ ordered their people to do, they have allied with them (the tawaagheet) and defend them more than they defend the honour and sanctity of Allah (SWT) and the believers.

 

2. They all gave da’wah (to Allah’s Deen)

 

Another duty of the Anbiyaa’ is that Allah (SWT) entrusted them with calling people to His (SWT) Deen and Sharee’ah; therefore, any ‘aalim who is not calling people to Islam openly and publicly is not a scholar of haq. However, this tableegh (or da’wah) was done in a particular way. The Anbiyaa’ (pronounced Ambiyaa’) never called for interfaith (a mixing of beliefs and customs). Rather they dissociated themselves from their people (the Kuffaar) and from what they worshipped besides Allah (SWT):

 

Prophet Yoosuf (AS) said:

 

“Verily, I have abandoned the religion of a people that believe not in Allah and are disbelievers in the Hereafter.” (12: 37)

 

Ibraaheem (AS) said:

 

“…We have rejected you, and there has started between us and you, animosity and hatred for ever, until you believe in Allah alone” (60: 4)

 

There are many more aayaat and ahaadeeth which speak about the hatred and animosity of the Anbiyaa’ towards their people and false gods which they worshipped besides Allah (SWT); however, to list them in this short treatise would require too much time.

 

The main things which should be understood is that the Prophets never called the Kuffaar “brothers”, compromised with them or called for interfaith or integration. Therefore, any scholar who does these actions, such as al-Qardaawi or Hamza Yusuf, are not scholars of haq but scholars of baatil (falsehood), so it is better not to refer to them at all.

 

3. They all gave bayaan (explanation and elaboration of the divine rules)

 

Another duty of the Anbiyaa’ was that they were obliged to give bayaan (explanation and elaboration) of the divine rules in order to clear any ambiguity or misconceptions. Therefore, the ‘aalim of haq will always be refuting any innovations (such as the Fiqh for Minorities), misconceptions or any misunderstanding of the divine texts.

 

4. They guided the people

 

Allah (SWT) made it an obligation upon the Prophets to guide their people to the truth by making them refer to the revelation, i.e. the scriptures which Allah (SWT) revealed and the traditions of His chosen Messengers and Prophets. However, it was not their duty to make them (the Kuffaar) into believers or give them conviction and tawheed, as this is a form of guidance (tawfeeq) which only Allah (SWT) can grant.

 

The ‘ulamaa have this same duty of guiding the people to the wahy (revelation) and warn them from following anything other than that. However, the evil scholars of today no longer guide the people to the revelation; rather they guide them to personal benefit, interest and the wishes of the Kuffaar. If these scholars are completely misguided how can we expect them to guide us?

 

5. They were the best example

 

The ‘ulamaa should also be an example for us to follow just like the Anbiyaa’. Therefore, they should resemble the Prophets in every way, from their character, personality and behaviour. They should speak, dress, and suffer the same consequences as them.

 

All the Prophets were attacked by their people, labelled as being a lunatic, extremist and minority etc. They were also rejected, ridiculed and even imprisoned. Therefore, the true scholar of Islam will also be labelled, detested by the Kuffaar, ridiculed and mocked at.

 

Scholars such as Qardawee and Hamza Yusuf etc. are not attacked, mocked at and ridiculed publicly by the Kuffaar and the majority. Rather they are praised and declared as untouchable. They are (and were) also funded, promoted and endorsed by the tawaagheet. This is another great sign that they are crooks and not on the haq.

 

Prophet Yoosuf (AS) was imprisoned for years, Ibraaheem (AS) was thrown into fire, Moosaa (AS) and his companions were chased into the sea, and the Quraysh tried to kill Rasool-Ullah (SAW) numerous times. When have these scholars ever been attacked by the Kuffaar or faced similar hardship as the Prophets of Allah (SWT)?

 

6. They should keep reminding the people

 

No matter what people say about them (the ‘ulamaa of haq), they should never give up calling people to worship and obey none but Allah. They should also continue to remind the people of Allah and His Deen, even if only a few people or even nobody listens to them.

 

7. They took qiyaadah (leadership)

 

Another attribute, or duty of an ‘aalim is that he should always take leadership. In fact, the term ‘aalim comes from the word ‘alama, which means banner. A banner is never hidden; it can be seen from even the most remote places. Therefore, any scholar which is not leading the Ummah out of her current crises (by jihaad in the path of Allah, for example) and has the time to sit back and write volumes and editions of books, bear witness that he is not a true ‘aalim who is concerned about dealing with the affairs of the Muslims (except if he was living in a time when authority was with the Muslims and Islam was being implemented etc.). The ‘ulamaa of haq should be on the front line and lead the masses with the Qur’aan and Sunnah to victory, honour and authority on earth.

 

Conclusion

 

O believers in Allah! Never judge a book by its cover! Do not be impressed with the Arabic language, knowledge, length of beard, dress, fame, reputation, looks, books etc. of any scholar. You know very well that there are certain things in Islam which are known by necessity; such as that allying with the Kuffaar is apostasy; and alcohol, interest, free-mixing etc. are all haraam. Therefore, any scholar who permits these (no matter what justification he brings) is not a scholar of haq, rather he is a scholar of baatil.

 

It is not even necessary or a condition that a scholar should be given tazkiyah (recommendation) or a certificate from a so-called Islamic institution. As long as he never contradicts with what is known in Islam by necessity, follows the Qur’aan and Sunnah in accordance with the understanding of the Sahaabah and is a trustworthy Muslim who does not negate his eemaan, he will be a safe person to learn from and follow.

 

This issue has been made clear to us by Allah (SWT) for those who are on guidance.

Avoiding the Temptations of Western Society

15 Dec

For Muslim youth growing up in Western society it can be difficult to remain strong and avoid being led astray by the temptations that the society bombards them with. Such as drugs, boyfriends and girlfriends and gangs.

For anyone who lives in the West it is obvious that the society promotes free mixing and haram relationships between the sexes. This is promoted everywhere, from billboards, advertising commercials, magazines, and songs to television programmes.

A Muslim living in this type of environment needs to make sure that he or she has a strong understanding to the Islamic belief and the Islamic Shari’ah.

Realizing the magnitude of the haraam actions

A Muslim must link his actions directly to the consequences: the rewards and punishments in the hereafter. He should visualize these even when thinking about performing any prohibited action. This consciousness of Allah (swt) and the afterlife should be a shield to protect us from sin and should encourage us to earn reward.

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has warned both men and women of the consequences of their actions.

Ubadah ibn as-Samit narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “If you guarantee me six things on your part I shall guarantee you Paradise. Speak the truth when you talk, keep a promise when you make it, when you are trusted with something fulfil your trust, avoid sexual immorality, lower your eyes, and restrain your hands from injustice” [Ahmad and Baihaqi in Shu’ab al-Iman transmitted it].

We also find it very common in Western societies for men to look at women who they are not even married to with lust. Islam has forbidden this as the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The adultery of the eyes is the sight, the adultery of the tongue is the talk, and the inner self wishes, desires and the private parts testify all this or deny it” [Bukhari]

Whereas, in this society it is a women is deemed to be abnormal for her to step out of her home without layers of make-up, lipstick and wearing revealing clothes.

It has been narrated by Abu Musa al-Ashari that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,
“Any women that uses perfume and walks past men in order for them to smell her fragrance; she is a fornicator” [Tirmidhi & Abu Dawud].

He (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) also said:
“Two categories of people I have not seen them (yet): some people who hold whips like the tails of the cows by which they lash the people. And women who wear (clothes) but (are) half-naked, bending (their bodies) and bending the sight of the men to them. Their heads are like the tilted humps of the camels. These women will not enter the paradise nor will they experience its smell (odor), though its odor is felt at a distance of so and so (days)” [Muslim].

Unfortunately, the Muslim women are seen abandoning their Khimar and Jilbab and heading towards the temptations of society. However, Allah (swt) has given us the guidance to avoid following our desire and reach towards seeking the pleasure of Allah(swt), this can be done by the following ways:

Avoiding unnecessary temptation

It is important as Muslim youths that we protect our identity and stay away from watching movies, TV programmes, listening to music and reading magazines that encourage fornication and the actions that lead to it, as these are haram according to the Shari’ah principle, ‘The means to haram is itself haram’.

Staying in the correct atmosphere

Being in good atmosphere is vital for the Muslim youth to be able to avoid the temptations. The type of atmosphere that exists amongst some of the youth is very corrupt, where the topic of discussion revolves around the opposite sex and ‘showing off’ to each other. This type of atmosphere only serves to stir up the instincts of people and could potentially lead Muslims further away from Islam.

Abu Musa narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,
“The example of a good companion in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof” [Bukhari].

“So fear them not, but fear me, if you are believers”

15 Dec

Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an: “So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are believers.” (3:175)

 

Unfortunately, we have been cultivated in this generation of time that we must fear only Mankind rather than Allah (swt). To the extent that Muslims go out of their ways to make sure that we comply with the man-made laws from fear of facing the consequences, in the mean time we overlook our countless disobedience to Allah (swt) and are heedless as to the punishment in-stored as a result.

 

Allah (swt) warns us: “O Mankind! Fear you Lord and be dutiful to Him. Verily, the earthquake of the Hour is a terrible thing…” (22:1-2)

 

This fear towards the Kuffar has resulted in the rise of many Muslims and new organizations neglecting their duties and obligations. Many Muslims are in denial and hide away by the mere mentioning of the word Jihad or Khilafah, as they wish not to offend the disbelievers. Many Muslims fear to attend circles, distribute leaflets and discuss the zulm (oppression) occurring in the Muslim lands. This fear is also seen in the Masajids as the Khaatibs dare not to speak about the wider issues of Jihad or Dawah. Rather we witness these Masajids assisting the Police by reporting Muslims who look ‘suspicious’ (i.e. speaking the Haq) or inviting the local MP’s to deliver a dars to the Muslim community.

 

The sell out government scholars of today fear from losing their salary or position and without any hesitation give out baatil fatawas against the true Muslims who represent the Messenger (saw) and the companions.Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “Whoever approaches the ruler’s gate become afflicted. Whenever a slave draws closer to them ruler, he only gains distance from Allah.” (Ahmed)These ‘so called’ Ulema are seen at the doorsteps of the tyrant rulers, engaged in advising the disbelievers for measures to instill fear into the hearts of the true believers.

 

The oppressive government in their many attempts yet again brings about new proposals and laws to stop the Muslims from rising. From the hundreds of arrests and torture suffered by the true Ulema such as Shaykh Abu Hamza or Shaykh Abu Qatada to the arrests and trial of the recent case of Muslims demonstrating against the cartoons of the Messenger Muhammad (saw), are all attempts to strike fear towards the Muslims.

 

However, this does not deter away the true fearing Muslims as their Eemaan increases. They remain strong and firm upon the rulings of Allah and with patience they accept the decree of Allah.  Because they know that for every difficult experience in life it will be converted into rewards in the afterlife, as Muhammad (saw) said,

 

“The amount of reward is in accordance with the amount of suffering. When Allah (SWT) loves some people, He tries them (with affliction). He who then is content (with Allah’s decree) has achieved the acceptance (of Allah), and he who is dissatisfied (with Allah’s decree) will attain the anger (of Allah).” [Tirmidhi]

 

The true believers who fear only Allah (swt) are the ones who continue to remember Allah with full submission, standing firm on His deen (Islam) waiting patiently for success. They call for the shariah, speak out against the zulm (oppression) in the Muslim lands and remain on the path of the salaf-us-saalih.

 

We must believe that victory is with Allah (swt), and He (swt) will grant this deen success whether the fake scholars and Mushrikeen like it or not:

 

Allah (swt) says: “And whoever takes Allah and the Messenger and those who believed as protectors, indeed, the party of Allah will be victorious.” (5:56)

 

“It is He who has sent the Messenger (Muhammad) with the true guidance and the religion of truth, to make it superior over all other religions, even though Mushrikeen hate.” (9:33)

Urgency of the Dawah

12 Dec

Allah (swt) says: “Say, This is my way: I call to Allah with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me. and Glorified and Exalted is Allah. And I am not of the Mushrikeen” [Yusuf:108]

 

Carrying the Da’wah is the task of Prophets. It is of the best and most honourable deeds. Allah (SWT) says: “Who is better in speech than the one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says I am one the Muslims ?” [Fussilat:33]

 

For the believers who possess the Islamic Aqeeda, the current world we are living in should agitate them to carry the guidance that they posses so that it becomes established and removes the evils that are drowning the world. This will lead to a blazing passion and urgency for the Da’wah.

 

Our lowly situation will not be reversed without our actions, it is the actions of the Da’wah that lead to change and open the path to revival.

 

When our mothers and sisters cry out in Iraq or Palestine from the pain inflicted upon them by the Kuffar, when a fighter cries out in Chechnia and Afghanistan due to being bombarded, when the child in Darfur has tears of pain and hunger streaming down his face. It us that must respond to this call because today there is no Khalifah like al-Mu’tasim to rescue the women of the Ummah, there is no Umar bin al Khattab to send food for the hungry, there is no Salahudeen to protect the Islamic lands. Rather today it is us who are the guardians of this Ummah and who are responsible to bring back the protection, honour and might to this Ummah by re-establishing the Khilafah, the shade of Allah (swt) on the earth.

 

Allah (swt) entrusted us to be the witnesses over humanity, He (swt) says: “We have made you the best nation to be witnesses over mankind. And the Messenger as a witness over you.” [Al-Baqarah:143]

 

Indeed it is a great responsibility, the entire world and its problems rests upon our shoulders. But remember together with responsibility comes reward and with reward comes Jannah.

 

Hasan al Basri narrated that Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise.” [Al-Tirmidhi]

 

Anas narrated that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

 

“There is some people in my Ummah that they are rewarded like the reward of the beginners of this Ummah; this is because they are forbidding what is wrong” [Musnad Ahmad]

 

Let us be these people by enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Da’wah should never become a tiny flickering flame in our hearts so that we become slow in carrying it. The burning urgency of the situation of the Ummah generates the roaring fire in the heart of the believer, this should never dissipate turning us into passive beings hesitant in the actions of the Da’wah rather than being the inspirational leaders of it.

 

This disease is one implanted by the Shaytan, it is his call to transform the energetic into the lazy, the active into the passive and the Da’wah carrier into the lifeless drone. Indeed laziness, isolation, despair and defeatism are among the calls of Shaytan and he is trying relentlessly to lure the Da’wah carriers away from the Deen and the Da’wah. Allah (swt) mentioned that the Shaytan, Iblis said: “I will make the wrong fair seeming to the believers”.

 

Therefore we must banish the Shaytan and all his whispering from our hearts and minds. Allah (swt) says:

 

“Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind, the King of Mankind, the God of mankind, from the evil of the sneaking whisperer who whispers into the hearts of mankind.” [An-Naas: 1-5]

 

The pace of the Da’wah must be faster than our heart beats as it is more important than our interests and our blood, it is something that should awaken the sleeping and make the walking run.

 

The Prophet (saw) was most truthful when he (saw) said: “The grinding wheel of Islam is turning. So, turn with it wherever it turns.” [Tabarani]